Roomies is my first ever Christina Lauren read. I’ve seen a lot of love for Christina Lauren from book bloggers and bookstagrammers so I finally wanted to try this author (or I should say co-authors) for myself. I read this on my recent holiday and it was the perfect book to read whilst laying by the pool. It was entertaining, non-taxing on my brain and just a lot of fun.
Set in New York city, Roomies is about two young people who enter into a marriage of convenience. Holland is a twenty-something woman working behind-the-scenes at her uncle’s widely popular Broadway musical. She has an unrequited crush on a sexy street musician who plays guitar magically and who she casually watches perform at a subway station – even though the station is far out of her way. One night, she actually talks to this sexy musician and learns he is Irish. He then rescues her after she is pushed onto the train tracks.
Holland gets the musician, Calvin, an audition with her uncle and he is offered a part in the Broadway show. But it turns out he has overstayed his visa and can’t legally work for them. When someone jokingly says Holland should marry him, she decides to do just that. She just won’t admit that she’s also very much into him. As Calvin’s career soars, they have to negotiate the tricky business of being married and starting to fall for one another.
As far-fetched as this scenario seems, it’s a lot of fun. I didn’t take the set-up too seriously. It’s like any other Rom-com, you just have to roll with it. I wasn’t sure at first about Holland. Her uncle gave her a job, her uncles also pay for most of her rent so she can afford to live alone in New York. She’s a writer who doesn’t actually write. But the character is self-aware and she knows that she has problems in her life that she needs to iron out.
Calvin is a swoon-worthy Irish dreamboat who plays guitar and knows how to treat a lady. What more could you ask for? But he’s not perfect and has his own reasons for marrying Holland, which come out later in the book.
Roomies isn’t exactly groundbreaking and original. Calvin is the gorgeous love interest and Holland is the slightly clumsy girl who he finds adorable. But as the authors say in the author’s note at the end of the book: it’s pure, shameless fun. Roomies was the perfect laying-by-the-pool-relaxing read. I enjoyed it for what it was and thought the authors did a great job. It was entertaining having a book set against the backdrop of a Broadway show. I also liked that Holland got her shit together before the book ended (even though she seemed to accomplish this pretty easily). I will definitely try another Christina Lauren book again.
Verdict: A fun, light, romantic read.